The Benevolent Society asks the new ALP-led Government to honour its four key commitments to:
- develop a network of early intervention and prevention services that are available to all Queensland families to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect;
- continue the child safety reform agenda initiated in response to the Carmody Inquiry;
- provide a high quality early childhood curriculum that includes access to the play-based model of education in the early years of schooling, and
- fully implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
But we would also urge the government seize the opportunity to build on its current successes and:
- expand the highly successful Early Years Centres initiative, which is providing support for children and families in more disadvantaged areas of Queensland;
- increase investment in prevention and early intervention initiatives, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families;
- expand parenting support and education to help families provide the right environment for their young children to thrive and learn, and
- provide all children with access to quality early childhood education in the two years before school and at low or no cost for children from low income or disadvantaged families.